Pe'er to face Bartoli in Bali group stage

Peer to face Bartoli in

By JEREMY LAST
November 3, 2009 06:48
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Shahar Pe'er was drawn into Group A alongside top seed, world number 12 Marion Bartoli, and world number 46 Magdalena Rybarikova at the end of season Tournament of Champions to be played in Bali, Indonesia, this week. The event features a round robin stage where the three players in each of the four groups play each other once with the group winners advancing to the semifinals. The group games will be played from Wednesday to Friday with the semis on Saturday and the final on Sunday. Australia's Sam Stosur, Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer and Sabine Lisicki of Germany are the top seeds in the other three groups. Pe'er, currently ranked 31 in the world, won back-to-back titles at Guangzhou and Tashkent this year while the Rybarikova won in Birmingham, on grass. The Israeli star, who recently joined Twitter, is clearly enjoying her time in Southeast Asia. "We r in heaven! It's sooo nice here in Bali. We r really enjoying here!" she tweeted on Sunday. She was granted a visa to Indonesia last week, even though it does not hold official diplomatic ties with Israel. The 10 highest-ranked players who have captured at least one International tournament during the year and who are not participating in the Sony Ericsson Championships currently being played in Doha, qualified for this new event, along with two wildcards.

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